Tesla is making iPhone cases out of excess car leather.

Tesla Is Making iPhone Cases From Leftover Seat Leather

Tesla Is Making iPhone Cases From Leftover Seat Leather

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Dec. 11 2015 3:14 PM

Tesla Is Making iPhone Cases From Leftover Seat Leather

It's 100 percent upholstery.

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Tesla owners can now bring a piece of their car wherever they go, as long as they have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The company is selling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases made of the same leather used in Tesla car sears, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Since the phones are the same size and shape, these cases will also work with the newer iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.


The leather is left over from Tesla's manufacturing process for its cars' upholstery, which is a great way to use up the company's excess materials. Of course, Tesla's not the first auto maker to make accessories out of leftover leather. Ferrari sells leather glovesBentley makes leather bags, and Corvette even sells leather furniture.

Tesla sells a few different iPhone cases: There's the regular $45 cases snap on the back of your iPhone, but for $5 more, the wallet model with two slots on the back for credit cards has a radio frequency ID (RFID) blocker, which protects the information in your RFID-chip enabled credit cards from being stolen.

Tesla owners who prefer Android smartphones to iPhones are out of luck, unfortunately. There are no leather cases for Android in Tesla's online store.

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Before joining Business Insider as a tech reporter, Antonio Villas-Boas was a consumer electronics analyst at PC Magazine, where he reviewed gadgets from smartphones and tablets to HDTVs and iPhone battery cases.